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Negarit 85: ብሓርነት ተደቢሱ – Liberation – تحرر

About Saleh "Gadi" Johar

Born and raised in Keren, Eritrea, now a US citizen residing in California, Mr. Saleh “Gadi” Johar is founder and publisher of Author of Miriam was Here, Of Kings and Bandits, and Simply Echoes. Saleh is acclaimed for his wealth of experience and knowledge in the history and politics of the Horn of Africa. A prominent public speaker and a researcher specializing on the Horn of Africa, he has given many distinguished lectures and participated in numerous seminars and conferences around the world. Activism was founded by Saleh “Gadi” Johar and is administered by the Awate Team and a group of volunteers who serve as the website’s advisory committee. The mission of is to provide Eritreans and friends of Eritrea with information that is hidden by the Eritrean regime and its surrogates; to provide a platform for information dissemination and opinion sharing; to inspire Eritreans, to embolden them into taking action, and finally, to lay the groundwork for reconciliation whose pillars are the truth. Miriam Was Here This book that was launched on August 16, 2013, is based on true stories; in writing it, Saleh has interviewed dozens of victims and eye-witnesses of Human trafficking, Eritrea, human rights, forced labor.and researched hundreds of pages of materials. The novel describes the ordeal of a nation, its youth, women and parents. It focuses on violation of human rights of the citizens and a country whose youth have become victims of slave labor, human trafficking, hostage taking, and human organ harvesting--all a result of bad governance. The main character of the story is Miriam, a young Eritrean woman; her father Zerom Bahta Hadgembes, a veteran of the struggle who resides in America and her childhood friend Senay who wanted to marry her but ended up being conscripted. Kings and Bandits Saleh “Gadi” Johar tells a powerful story that is never told: that many "child warriors" to whom we are asked to offer sympathies befitting helpless victims and hostages are actually premature adults who have made a conscious decision to stand up against brutality and oppression, and actually deserve our admiration. And that many of those whom we instinctively feel sympathetic towards, like the Ethiopian king Emperor Haile Sellassie, were actually world-class tyrants whose transgressions would normally be cases in the World Court. Simply Echoes A collection of romantic, political observations and travel poems; a reflection of the euphoric years that followed Eritrean Independence in 1991.

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  • Brhan

    Eid Mubarak Saleh,

    What an interview. Deep with a very strong base. It was good also to see SAAY as well as the other gentleman of classical Tigrinya who gave you an award( I am saying that because we have other type of Tigrinya like that of Asmara which includes Arabic, Italian and Amharic). It was good to see you all in the beautiful yard ( though I missed to see Eid treats like Abake, Enbaba, Bun, Himbasha and of course Biscuits ( which reminds me another friend Tes and their biscuit factory in Asmara) ….Happy Eid.

    I enjoyed it because it was also full of humour from both the interviewer and interviewee.

    One point to add is that of Wedi Libsu ( these days he is talking too much) and when you talk too much you forget to remember. It is good to talk less because it allows you to think as well as to remember.
    EPLF and PF(JD) do not have strategic policy and for it, it is always spontanouse and non pragmatic. The best example is its relations with neighbouring countries.

    So a year or two years before the independence, EPLF had peace negotiations with the Derg brokered by the former US president Jimmy Carter. During that time , the delegation of EPLF insisted to talk in Arabic, while the Derg made its delegations to include not only Tigrinya speakers but also Tigre. But EPLF said NO. It fought for Arabic as if it is the matter of life and death for it. Luckily , the Tigre speaking delegation member was able to speak in Arabic and thus the meeting was conducted.

    So for the PF(DJ) , its policy towards Arabic is a flip-flop policy. I wander what did Wedi Libsu say at that time about it. May be he was not told. It is usual that there is no info sharing among the regime’s ministers. Isayas love to say “እዚ ሓበረታ ንኽስቶ እንታይ ይዓብሰሉ?

    Eritrea is a member of AU but an observant member of the Arab League. The problem is with the regime supporters. ” ኩሉ ግዜ ምስ ኢሱ…ዓረብ ኢና ተበለ ‘ውን ምስ ኢሱ”

    Arabic one of the example that shows why in absence of institutions, including, constitution , the regime can say and do what ever it helps to preserve its power. Arabic is one of the boring issues in our discourse and in this comment I only wanted to indicate about one of the regime’s attitude which is always about the regime’s control of power and not about the country’s or the citizens’ interest.

    Thanks, again for the interview